These gorgeous Candy Striped Leaf Hoppers Graphocephala coccinea live in my monarch milkweed patch.
Although these arthropods can damage plants, they are also an important part of the food chain:
After sucking sap, they eject bubbles of sweet liquid waste which provides fuel for pollinators (wasps & flies). They will eat aphids and are prey (fuel) for birds and other arthropods.
Learn more about this critter at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Field Station's website: https://uwm.edu/field-station/candy-striped-leafhopper/
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